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Thom Taylor

Designer-turned-writer Thom Taylor is a veteran of many magazines and website articles, writing eight books about automobile design, car culture, and automotive history. He and his wife have two kids, two dogs, and no SUVs.

Sixth-Gen Camaro Design Director Wouldn’t Change a Thing;
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Sixth-Gen Camaro Design Director Wouldn’t Change a Thing

This isn’t the first rodeo for the sixth-generation Camaro exterior design director Tom Peters. Though recently retired, he prevailed within GM Design for probably longer than he’d like to admit. But, that’s a huge badge of honor in a profession that tends to shed designers like over-ripened fruit.  Having overseen many designs from two generations …

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John Force Wins 150th NHRA National Title

For the ever gregarious, fast-talking John Force his Funny Car win this Sunday in Washington was his 150th win at a National Hot Rodding Association national event. It’s a first in drag racing history. It was also his first win in 25 races. Force Says It All The 70-year-old Force said, “I may not be …

Subaru WRX
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Top 10 Cars with the Most Speeding Tickets

Spoiler Alert: You won’t see any vehicle you’d expect to find on this list of cars with the most speeding tickets. In other words no Ferraris, Porsches, or BMWs. Or Mustangs, in spite of those videos showing their owners losing control while exiting an event. The Metrics A new study by Insurify put this list …

2019 Buick Regal GS
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2019 Buick Regal Continues Sedan Sales Slide

The continuing crossover/SUV zeitgeist expands unabated, with still more casualties along the way. Buick Regal is the latest to show signs that the sedan apocalypse is inflating. Regal sales decreased by 34% in 2019 Q2 compared to 2018 Q2. Total sales in 2019 through July are 6,393. The competition The Acura TLX, Regal’s direct competitor …

2019 Nissan TITAN Pro4X
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Nissan Drops Titan Diesel and Regular Cab

Nissan sold only 2,242 Titan trucks last month so it was only a matter of time before they started looking to prune slow sellers. Today it was announced that Nissan has killed the Nissan-specific 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine. Nissan has also axed the single-cab Titan body style. You can still purchase the Nissan Titan crew …

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Tuned Toyota Supra Already Makes 420 HP

Litchfield Motors in Tewkesbury, UK, is a large British tuner that massages all things fast from Porsches to Ferraris; and those fast Nissan GT-R racers. They’ve been around over 20 years, and are known as one of the premier tuner shops in Europe. They recently snagged a 2020 Toyota Supra to breathe some extra smack …

Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV
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What’s Going On Over At Jaguar?

Two things are causing Jaguar to bleed red ink at the moment. Brexit, that pesky unknown no one can predict, and crawling to the electrified dance. Still, the British automaker does have lots of new products ready to spring on auto enthusiasts. Jaguar looks to soon be replacing every model it currently produces. In addition, …

2019 Toyota RAV4 Top IIHS Safety Pick
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Toyota RAV4 crossover its highest safety rating.  It checked off every safety category the IIHS has to get the “2019 Top Safety Pick” rating. Those safety categories cover specific items under umbrella headings for crashworthiness, crash avoidance, and child seat anchors. Within each of these …

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Insane 0-100-0 In 10.6 Seconds

If a 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds Mustang doesn’t arrest those mid-engine Corvette daydreams, you don’t dream hardcore enough. Ford will sell you the most powerful street-legal Mustang—actually the most powerful street-legal Ford, ever built. It’s just announced the 2020 Shelby Mustang will pack 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Can the human brain even …

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Ford’s 7.3-Liter V8 Is a Low-End Torque Monster

America’s best selling truck will soon have the largest displacement gas-powered V8 engine available in any truck. Ford just announced the new 7.3-liter V8 will be powering Super Duty pickups and commercial vehicles up to their big F-750 Medium Duty trucks and stripped chassis for motorhomes and other aftermarket customers. Features The engine’s compact architecture …

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A Blazing Mess For Chevy’s New Blazer

There are a lot of people upset about the new Chevy Blazer. But for wildly different reasons. Some say it’s another example of GM squandering an iconic brand by labeling a weak-sauce crossover as “Blazer”. Many were hoping Chevy would take the brand seriously—as seriously as Ford takes the Bronco brand. They wanted to see …

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These Are the 20 Most Stolen Cars

Fast Dodges and big-hauling pickups are the vehicles of choice for thieves these days. As USA Today reports, a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute lists the top 20 vehicles most likely to be stolen. Topping the list is the Dodge Charger with a Hemi engine. Joining the list at number two is …

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Standard Features Revealed

Ready to order your new 2020 Corvette? Wait! You don’t know what options, colors, combinations, and other stuff are waiting for you in all of that fiberglass fantasticness? Motorbiscuit will be your friend forever once you know everything Corvette. By going to GM’s Fleet Order Guide you can download a PDF with anything and more …

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD
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GM Makes Almost All of Its Money on Truck Sales

Loaded Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and a 10.7% profit margin in North American have General Motors executives dancing in the halls of Detroit’s silver silos. The news helped spike GM shares 3.3% to over a one-year high according to Reuters.  “The alarm may be softly ringing for GM to finally reawaken …

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2020 Porsche Taycan Set to Outsell the 911

In this brave new world of auto electrification, one of the most highly anticipated 2020 cars is the Porsche Taycan. “Highly anticipated” is an understatement. Porsche just announced that 30,000 pre-orders (at $4,000 each) have already been received for the as-yet-unseen all-electric Porsche. That’s some serious demand! What’s more, as Bloomberg reports, the Taycan is set …

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Volkswagen Kills Six-Year/72,000-Mile Warranty

Volkswagen gives a little, and takes a little. On the heels of their 2015 Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen Group of America wanted to present a positive face. They began offering a six-year and 72,000-mile new car warranty. It was a great way to show potential and returning customers they were solidly behind their products in spite …

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Surprise! SUVs Are Up, Minivans Are Down

What the station wagon was to baby boomers has now transferred to Gen Xers and the ubiquitous minivan. While SUVs and trucks continue taking a bigger chunk of North American sales, the lowly minivan is on the skids. And you thought it was only happening to sedans? Nobody wants the “soccer mom” identification, just like …

Car Manufacturing
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Supplier Bosch Predicts Significant Car Production Drop

Car production for 2019 is looking at a significant downturn, predicts major automotive parts supplier Robert Bosch Company. As Reuters reports, supplying components to car manufacturers around the world gives Bosch the unique vantage to forecast what’s coming down the pike for production needs, and they’re predicting at least a 5% drop in car production …

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport | GM
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2020 Cadillac XT5 First Look

The Cadillac SUV and crossover product cadence is in overdrive as the XT6, XT4, and XT5 will soon be hitting dealerships. Caught short-handed as consumer demands shift from cars to SUVs, Cadillac is playing catch-up to meet this trend, along with debuting new sedans making for exciting times at GM’s luxury flagship. With the new …

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Want a 2020 Corvette? They’re Almost Sold Out

You better hurry if you’re dying for that 2020 Corvette new-car smell in your driveway—they’re almost sold out! Just days after its premiere and still months before production begins, GM’s design chief Michael Simcoe let slip (or maybe not…) while attending Michigan’s Concours d’Elegance this weekend that C8 Corvette orders are almost at capacity. While …